Support the Second Collections
Throughout the year the faithful are asked to contribute to their parishes through a weekly collection to help cover the cost of operations and support ministries. Sometimes, the parish will take up a second collection with a specific purpose. Many of these are national collections coordinated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The bishops of the United States have established the national collections to support the Church’s works of social justice, evangelization and education, both domestically and around the globe.
Some of these collections are strictly local and will be distributed within the diocese.
The Catholic Relief Services Collection (March 22)
This collection provides funding for Catholic Relief Services, the USCCB Offices of International Justice and Peace, Migration and Refugee Services, and Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees, relief work of the Holy Father, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
Seminarian’s Collection (April 12) - Local Collection
The seminarian's special collection will help our diocese to educate and form future priests. Our diocese has been blessed with an increasing number of young men who have generously said yes to God's call. You can take a personal role in their formation by a generious gift in this special collection.
Catholic Home Missions Appeal (April 26)
Launched in 1998, the Appeal strengthens the Catholic Church in the United States and its territories in 85 Latin and Eastern Catholic dioceses. The Subcommittee on the Catholic Home Missions funds a wide range of pastoral services, including evangelization, religious education, and the maintenance of mission parishes, the training of seminarians and lay ministers, and ministry with ethnic groups.
Catholic Communication Campaign (May 17)
The essential mission of the CCC is to contribute to the process of evangelization by fostering activities in relation to television, radio, internet, and other media, and through special projects of the Catholic press. An annual collection is taken up in the dioceses, which remit 50% of the funds collected to the National Office. From these funds, grants are made by the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign. The remaining portion of the collection is retained by the dioceses for use in local communication projects.
Retired Diocesan Priests Collection (May 31) - Local Collection
After retirement, most of our priests earn supplemental income by assisting at parishes by celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, etc. But once a priest’s age and/or infirmity limits his ability to assist at parishes, most have to depend solely on the Fund, Social Security, and any other sources that he may have. It is our obligation as a Church family to assure that our retired diocesan priests — who have dedicated their lives to care for the spiritual needs of the Catholic community of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois — are taken care of in their golden years.